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The 1954 French flap:

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October 12, 1954, Saint-Germain-de-Livet, Calvados:

Reference number for this case: 12-oct-54-Saint-Germain-de-Livet. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ad1] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

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The saucers chronicle

LOUVIERS. -- A craftsman and his apprentice claimed to have seen on the railway from Evreux to Louviers, as they drove a motorcycle, at about 3 a.m., a craft shaped like a bell, 2 m. 60 to 3 meters high, which was at one meter above the ground. The craft emitted sparks shimmering in greenish and reddish. First it rose a good 10 to 12 meters, while gushing from its base an orange glow.

The lower part of the apparatus had the shape of a ring.

A farm worker joined the two men to observe the phenomenon. All three state that the "bell" remained visible for about an hour. Then the orange glow became brighter, and the object rose very fast vertically, taking the direction of the east.

Lisieux. -- Mr. Bon, professor of mathematics at Lisieux, saw early in the afternoon in Saint-Germain-de-Livet, 2 or 300 meters from the road, over a wooden area, a silver disc with a diameter of 7 to 8 meters, which rose suddenly in the sky, without noise.

The disc was animated of a rapid movement of rotation. After diving to the ground from an altitude of about 800 meters it suddenly left horizontally at a tremendous speed.

LA ROCHE-SUR-YON. -- Mrs. Drouilard, residing in La Roche-sur-Yon, said she saw in the sky Monday night around 11:30 p.m., a luminous machine resembling a mushroom, moving silently and rapidly.

Nevers. -- Two residents of Clamecy (Nièvre), MM. Henry Gallois and Louis Vigneron, stallholders, stated to have seen in a meadow near Corbigny, a cylindrical craft.

They say that while they were about fifty meters from the object, they felt an electrical shock, while the engine of their truck stopped and the headlights went out. When the craft was gone the headlights came on again but they had to restart the engine.

LYON. -- Dr. Durand, general counsellor of the Township of Belleville-sur-Saône and Mr. Bourgeois, cafe owner in Saint-Georges de Reneins saw over the chapel of Brouilly, a flying saucer.

On the other hand, around 7:30 p.m. Monday night, MM. Dubois, rugby player and Coulon, swimming champion, saw, flying at low altitude, in the direction of Montgelas, a ball of fire that changed color several times.

TOULOUSE. -- Two residents in the Toulouse suburb, Mr. Pierre Vidal and his nephew Angel Hurle, saw yesterday morning at dawn, a hundred meters from their house, a giant rocket, fly away from a field and disappearing into the sky while producing a clarity of rare intensity.

The two men then went to the place where they thought the starting point of the mysterious craft was located. There, they found that the grass had been trampled on a circular area with a diameter of 6 meters. In the center of the area they found in the ground, four prints appearing to have been left by the feet of a heavy machine.

The grass was covered with droplets of fat steam condensation and smelled of oil.

The police went to the scene.

CHATEAUBRIANT. -- A 13-year-old boy, young Gilbert Lelay, said he saw on Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m., a mysterious craft in a field some 600 meters from his parents' home in the village of Sainte-Marie en Erbray near Chateaubriant.

The child claims to have spent ten minutes looking at ten meters this craft that was shaped like a phosphorescent cigar.

A passenger, a man wearing a suit and a gray hat, wearing boots, reportedly told him in French, "Look but do not touch." He put the hand on his shoulder, while with the other he held a ball launching purple lights. He climbed into the craft through a door that slammed. On what could have been a dashboard, there were several colored buttons.

Still according to the child, the machine rose slowly vertically, throwing light in all directions, flew two rounds in the air and suddenly disappeared.

Abroad

VIENNA. -- Harald Kreutzberg, the Austrian Serge Lifar, living in Seefeld in Tirol, observed while he was in his garden, a flying saucer that flew over the small town for a few seconds before heading north and disappearing behind mountains.

Several residents of Seefeld also observed the phenomenon and tried unsuccessfully to photograph the mysterious craft.

[Ref. fs1:] "FRANCE SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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A GIANT ROCKET, taking off from a field, was seen by M. Pierre Vidal, cook, residing at Croix Daurade, near Toulouse, and his nephew, Ange Hurle. It disappeared in a bright orange and pale green wake. At the presumed location of the rocket, the grass was covered with a fatty vapor with an oil smell.

A professor of mathematics from Lisieux, Mr. Bon, saw in Saint-Germain-de-Livet, above a wood, a silvery disk seven or eight meters; which rose silently in the sky, rotating on itself. After diving to the ground from an altitude of about 800 meters, it left again at the horizontal at a dizzying pace.

A GENERAL COUNCILMAN, a coffee-maker, a rugby player and a swimming champion, saw above the chapel of Romilly in the direction of Montgelas (Rhone) a flying saucer looking like a ball of fire.

A three meters high bell, moving with twelve meters jumps in an orange glow and emitting greenish sparks, was seen for an hour on the Evreux Louviers railway by an artisan, his apprentice and a farm worker.

A LUMINOUS MUSHROOM, which moved quickly and silently, was seen Monday evening around 9:30 p.m., by Mrs. Drouillard, at La Roche-sur-Yon.

A FLYING CIGAR, of metallic appearance, from which three red balls detached, was seen by Messrs. Roger Thévenin and Albert Daury, guardians of the peace of the urban body of Riom (Puy-de-Dôme).

ANOTHER CIGAR, surrounded by iridescent lights was observed in Bompas (Pyrénées-Orientales) by the baker M. Sebelli.

AN OBLONG-SHAPED ENGINE, moving in the sky as in a big "S" and making a sound of steam under pressure was seen by three young hunters above Gaillac (Aveyron). The same machine was reportedly observed in Pont-de-Salars.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

283 -000.21690 54.54600 10 10 1954 *ST.GERM.DE LIVET F 301 A

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

228

Oct. 10, 1954, 02:00 P.M. Saint-Germain-de-Livet (France).

A math professor, Mr. Bon, observed a silvery disk about 7 m in diameter rise silently from a point about 250 m to the side of the road. Spinning, it dived to the ground from an altitude of about 800 m, then flew off horizontally at a dizzying speed. (55, 57) (France-Soir, Le Figaro, Libération, Le Parisien, 14 oct 1954).

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 10, 1954, Mr. Bon, professor of mathematics in Lisieux, observed, early in the afternoon, in the vicinity of Saint-Germain-de-Livet at approximately 200 or 300 meters of the road, a silver plated disc of approximately 7 or 8 meters in diameter, which rose without making any noise. The object whirled. It dove towards the ground from an altitude of approximately 800 meters, then flew horizontally at a "tremendous speed."

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

Ufologists Garreau and Lavier report that on October 12, 1954, at 02:00 P.M., in Saint-Germain-sur-Livet in the Calvados, Mr. Bon, professor of mathematics in Lisieux, sees a silver plated disc rise from a wood, at 200 or 300 meters of the road. Its diameter was approximately 7 to 8 meters. It seemed animated of a rapid rotational movement, but did not make any noise. Arrived approximately at 800 meters of altitude, it suddenly plunged towards the ground, then left at the horizontal at a tremendous speed.

Garreau and Lavier mention an AFP newsbrief about the case.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates a case of 1954, October the 10 or 12, in France, in German St sur Livet (the Calvados):

"October 10 - 02:00 p.m. Saint-Germain-de-Livets: A professor of mathematics, Mr. Bon, observed a silver disc approximately 7 meters in diameter which silently rose from a spot located at approximately 250 meters of the edge of the road. It dove while whirling towards the ground up to 800 meters of altitude, approximately. It then flew away horizontally at a vertiginous speed".

For this first version she indicates as sources: France-Soit, Le Figaro, Libération, Le Parisien, October 14, 1954.

The ufologist notes that another version dates the case at October 12 and reports that "Mr. Bon, professor in Lisieux, sees a silver disc rise from a wood at 200 or 300 meters of the road. Its diameter was approximately 7 to 8 meters. It seemed animated of a fast rotational movement, but did not make any noise. Arrived at approximately 800 m of altitude, it suddenly dove towards the ground; then left horizontally at a vertiginous speed."

The ufologist indicates that this version is by Garreau and Lavier in "Face aux extra-terrestres", Delarge 1975 - J'ai Lu, page 65.

[Ref. mc1:] MARK CASHMAN:

Saint Germain de Livet (France).

10/10/1954 14:00

A math professor, Mr. Bon, observed a silvery disk about 7 m in diameter rise silently from a point about 250 m to the side of the road. Spinning, it dived to the ground from an altitude of about 800 m, then flew off horizontally at a dizzying speed.

[Ref. fb1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #021: 10/10/1954, p. 145 (Saint-Germain-de-Livet)

[Ref. fb2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 Frnech flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Saint-Germain-de-Livet 1 3 2

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

10 October 1954 14:00
Saint-Germain-de-Livet, Basse-Normandie, France

A silvery disk about seven meters in diameter rose silently from a point about 250 meters to the side of the road.

A math professor, Mr. Bon, observed a silvery disc about seven meters in diameter rise silently from a point about 250 meters to the side of the road in St-Germain-de-Livet, France . Spinning, it dove towards the ground from an altitude of about 800 meters, then flew off horizontally at a dizzying speed.

A math professor, Mr. Bon, observed a silvery disk about seven meters in diameter rise silently from a point about 250 meters to the side of the road. Spinning, it dived to the ground from an altitude of about 800 meters, then flew off horizontally at a dizzying speed.An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft.

One saucer, about 10 feet across, was observed by one witness.

Hynek rating: DD

Vallee rating: CE1

The sources are listed as: "Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966"; "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)"; "Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966"; "Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01)"; "Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969"; "Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173)"; "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 10, 1954 - A math professor, Mr. Bon, observed a silvery disc about seven meters in diameter rise silently from a point about 250 meters to the side of the road in St-Germain-de-Livet, France. Spinning, it dove towards the ground from an altitude of about 800 meters, then flew off horizontally at a dizzying speed. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 223, case # 228).

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 6 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19185">19541010 10.10.1954 St. Germain Livet France 14.00 CE I
19541010 10.10.1954 St. Germain Livet France 14.00
19541010 10.10.1954 St. Germain Livet France CE I
19541010 10.10.1954 St. Germain Livet France CE I
19541010 10.10.1954 St. Germain Livet France Nachmittags DD
19541010 10.10.1954 St. Germain Livet France
19541000 00.10.1954 Lisieux France

Notes:

It seems that Garreau and Lavier give October 12 as date. Jacques Vallée gives the 10th of October.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Saint-Germain-de-Livet, Calvados, Bon, silver, disc, metallic, silent, road, spinning, fast

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 24, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 28, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Addition [fb2].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 26, 2014 Additions [ad1], [ud1], [ni1].
1.4 Patrick Gross December 30, 2016 Additions [fs1], [ub1].

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